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Revisiting those fabulous '90s 

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The time has once again come to praise the '90s. The Breeders launched the latest flurry of reunions back in March, but former Breeder Tanya Donelly has since assumed the revivalist crown by reuniting her band Belly for their stunning new album Dove (PledgeMusic). Donelly's rich voice combines jazz-like stylings with the timbre of early Natalie Merchant, and the heartfelt honesty of songs like "Suffer the Fools" and "Human Child" make each track a treat.

Coming up in June is the return album of Atlanta's Rock*A*Teens, reuniting without the counter-vocals of Kelly Hogan. The band's first album since 2000 relies on singer Chris Lopez, who gives Sixth House (Merge Records), a husky, Americana flavor that sounds utterly 2018.

Meanwhile, two vocalists who defined '90s alt-rock have released solo projects this month. Pavement's founder Stephen Malkmus brings back The Jicks for the singer's most spirited and happy work yet, Sparkle Hard (Matador), which carries almost no trace of Malkmus' notorious cynicism. Also back is Matthew Sweet, who occasionally surfaces with Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles. His new solo album, Tomorrow's Daughter (MRI), collects rocking outtakes from 2017's Tomorrow Forever with the intention of reviving that 1990s spirit. Amazingly, he pulls it off, as do they all.

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